Improving Persistence via Student-Support Applications

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Abstract

Ubiquitous learning software applications are transforming education-delivery and student-support services. But, while apps are creating new opportunities to engage students, deciding to implement software apps for delivering fully online programs needs further analysis.. Rather than exulting software apps’ flexibility and convenience, this research analyzes the drawbacks and challenges, such as low student-persistence. Suitably, the paper conceptualizes, applies, demonstrates and presents mobile-app constructs for facilitating student-support and student-mentor-faculty engagement. The research findings and discoveries have been successfully applied to thousands of students/participants in a government-sponsored, multi-year, career-certification training (not-for-credit) project. The findings have now been tested in an academic (for-credit) setting. Strategies and functional app-design requirements are presented.